DEEPWATER HORIZON'S BLOW OUT PREVENTER
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This video addresses the drilling safety equipment that was installed on the Deepwater Horizon rig, a hero of the world famous disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The BOP, standing for the blowout preventer, was designed to hold the oil well pressures up to 15000 psi.
The Horizon BOP stack was manufactured by Cameron in 2001 and equipped with two annular BOPs (upper and lower), and five ram BOPs consisting of a blind shear ram, a casing shear ram, plus two variable bore rams and a test ram located at the bottom - such arrangement was originally requested by the Client, BP to expedite the pressure testing of the blowout preventer.
The video is quite detailed and it is absolutely right that the clear understanding of the technical details of the preventers considered to be among the most important equipment on board, is a key to the reasons of the tragic failure.
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